IBM Announces New e-Business Services for Security

Builds on popular packaged e-business services offerings

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BOSTON - 24 Mar 1998: ... IBM today announced new global security services that build on the company's portfolio of e-business services introduced last October. IBM's e-business offerings help business use networks and Internet technologies to more securely buy and sell on the Web and improve internal and external communication. IBM made these announcements at Internet Commerce Expo.

IBM Security Services help customers of all sizes assess and improve security in their computing environments. They address exposures across operations, including policy and management systems, applications, networks, systems and physical site security. IBM has the unique capability as a security services provider to give customers a choice of individual offerings or a comprehensive, end-to-end security solution.

"IBM's Security Services portfolio allows businesses of all types to maximize the value of their IT security investment by offering a broad spectrum of services including: training, assessment, design, implementation, and on-going operational services for its small, medium, and large customers," said Richard Brewer, Senior Analyst, Network Support and Integration Services, International Data Corporation. "By investing heavily in research and development, and by making these services simple to purchase, IBM is in a position to quickly respond to evolving customer demands in the IT security arena."

"These security services are an important enhancement to an approach that has been extremely well-received in the marketplace," said Neil Isford, vice president, e-business services, IBM Global Services. "By packaging experience gained in hundreds of e-business customer engagements, we've been able to provide offerings that are well defined, easily implemented and targeted to meet customers' real needs. Security is the number one concern managers have about doing business on the Internet. We are delighted to introduce offerings based on 'best practices' developed from IBM's practical experience designing, protecting, and monitoring IBM's vast networking and computing infrastructure, as well as working with our many customers in multiple industries around the world. Our methodology ensures that every client benefits from this experience."

The IBM e-business security services offerings include a workshop on security issues; security assessments -- including ethical hacking -- to check the health of customer systems; security architecture and design services; implementation services; and security management services, which include intrusion detection. "Whether they choose one security service or a complete solution, our customers can benefit from IBM's experience to better protect their valuable assets and information." Isford said.

IBM today also announced IBM Distributed Learning Services, which help companies assess training needs and implement technology-based learning programs. Today's announcement is composed of consulting offerings designed to help large- and medium-sized companies plan for network-based learning, providing training when and where their employees need it.

These security and distributed learning offerings complement IBM e-business Advisory, Intranet/Extranet and IBM e-Commerce Services announced in October, 1997.

IBM Global Services, headquartered in Somers, New York, is the largest and most versatile information technology services provider in the world. With 1997 revenue of approximately $26 billion and 110,000 professionals in 164 countries, its capabilities range from product support and managed networking services to consulting, outsourcing systems integration and education and training. For more information visit on the World Wide Web.

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